When considering clear aligner treatment, you may wonder what you can and can't do with them in your mouth. Here, we share some tips you should keep in mind.
What can I do with clear aligners?
Clear aligner treatment can be life-changing. But there are many ways that your life will stay the same throughout treatment. These are some things you can do with clear aligners:
DO: Eat what you want
Since clear aligners are removable, you can eat the food you love. Unlike braces, which require avoiding many different foods, you can eat anything from your favourite crunchy vegetables to pizza crust.
DO: Remove your aligners to brush, floss, drink and eat
Being able to remove your aligners to eat, drink, brush and floss come with advantages and challenges.
Since you won't have wires or brackets to deal with, you will be able to clean your teeth easily. You should take your aligners out to drink or eat anything other than water.
However, you need to fit your meals into two hours of time you're allowed to have your aligners off every day. You will have to schedule meals and cut down on snacking to accommodate for this.
DO: Drink water while wearing your aligners
While you shouldn't eat or drink coloured food or drinks while wearing your aligners, you can drink water.
DO: Change to your next set of aligners before bed
You may be uncomfortable for a day or two after switching sets of aligners.
This is normal but can be annoying. One way to combat this is by switching to your next set of aligners before going to bed.
What can't I do with clear aligners?
While clear aligners are convenient, there are a few adjustments to make to your daily life during your treatment. Here are some things you can't do with clear aligners:
DON'T: Forget to wear your aligners
Your self-discipline and commitment to the treatment process will be a huge part of your success with clear aligners. You will need to wear them for 22 hours a day to successfully complete your treatment.
DON'T: Clean your aligners with a toothbrush and toothpaste
While you have to keep your aligners clean, don't use a toothbrush and toothpaste on them. They could weaken or scratch the plastic, Instead, soak them in aligner cleaning solution, denture cleaner, or water.
DON'T: Forget to brush and floss your teeth before each wear
Good oral hygiene is important to your routine, even more now than you wear clear aligners. Any bacteria or food will be caught between your teeth and clear aligners until you brush your teeth next.
DON'T: Drink coloured drinks while wearing your aligners
Coloured drinks like pop, fruit smoothies or wine can all stain the transparent plastic of your aligners.
If you'd like to drink a coloured drink, remove your aligners and clean your teeth before putting them back in.
DON'T: Skip check-ins with your dentist
While you won't attend appointments for tightenings like with braces, you will still need to check in on your treatment progress with your dentist.
These appointments will let you ask questions, address concerns and keep you on track for success.
Are you looking for more information on how clear aligners may change your day to day life?
A dentist will be able to answer any of your questions and determine if clear aligners are right for you.